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Archibald MacLeish Quotes

What is more important to a library than anything else
than everything else
is the fact that it exists.
[The Premise Of Meaning, American Scholar; Washington, DC, June 5, 1972]
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The only thing about a man that is a man ... is his mind. Everything else you can find in a pig or a horse.

— Archibald MacLeish

You wanted justice ,didn't you?There isn't any ... there is only love. - J.B's wife

— Archibald MacLeish

At Ghent the wind rose.
There was a smell of rain and a heavy drag
Of wind in the hedges but not as the wind blows
Over fresh water when the waves lag
Foaming and the willows huddle and it will rain ...

— Archibald MacLeish

A man who lives, not by what he loves but what he hates, is a sick man.

— Archibald MacLeish

What is more important in a library than anything else - than everything else - is the fact that it exists.

— Archibald MacLeish

Freedom is the right to one's dignity as a man.

— Archibald MacLeish

Conventional wisdom notwithstanding, there is no reason either in football or in poetry why the two should not meet in a man's life if he has the weight and cares about the words.

— Archibald MacLeish

A poem should not mean but be.

— Archibald MacLeish

Writers ... write to give reality to experience.

— Archibald MacLeish

Keepers of books, keepers of print and paper on the shelves, librarians are keepers also of the records of the human spiritthe records of men's watch upon the world and on themselves.

— Archibald MacLeish

What is wrong is not the great discoveries of science-information is always better than ignorance, no matter what information or what ignorance. What is wrong is the belief behind the information, the belief that information will change the world. It won't.

— Archibald MacLeish

Wildness and silence disappeared from the countryside, sweetness fell from the air, not because anyone wished them to vanish or fall but because throughways had to floor the meadows with cement to carry the automobiles which advancing technology produced. Tropical beaches turned into high-priced slums where thousand-room hotels elbowed each other for glimpses of once-famous surf not because those who loved the beaches wanted them there but because enormous jets could bring a million tourists every year - and therefore did.

— Archibald MacLeish

The American mood, perhaps even the American character, has changed. There are few manifestations any longer of the old American self-assurance which so irritated Dickens. Instead, there is a sense of frustration so perceptible that even our politicians have attempted to exploit it.

— Archibald MacLeish

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